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BLT Pasta Salad

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A cold pasta salad with creamy mayonnaise and Greek yogurt dressing tossed with Ditalini shaped pasta, crispy chopped bacon, shredded green lettuce, diced tomatoes, cheddar cheese, and red pepper flakes.  Serve this quick and easy BLT Pasta Salad for barbecues, holidays, potlucks, and as a side dish.

BLT Pasta Salad brings back memories of summer potlucks with family. It’s served cold and it’s refreshing during the hot summer months. I love the combination of crisp green lettuce with juicy cherry tomatoes, crunchy bacon, and cold pasta. I often refer to this summer salad as my bacon pasta because it’s loaded with all my favorite summer potluck recipe ingredients. 

Since it’s the first grill of the season, I want it to be special.  I’ve been waiting for this day for months. If you like classic summer side dish recipes with a twist, then you’ll love this pasta salad side dish. It has incredible flavor and tastes just like a BLT sandwich that we’ve all come to love.  

BLT Pasta Salad

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 It’s a constant struggle to finish everything before it spoils. Often, I’ll make a summertime pasta salad with fresh summer produce to use up all those fresh garden vegetables. 

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BLT Pasta Salad

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With spring in full swing, you’ll want to make a fun and flavorful dish that are perfect for barbecues.  This ridiculously easy pasta with bacon BLT Pasta Salad is perfect as an appetizer, side-dish, or even a main dish.

What are some of your favorite picnic dishes to make this time of year?

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BLT Pasta Salad

Creamy mayonnaise and Greek yogurt dressing tossed with Ditalini shaped pasta, crispy chopped bacon, shredded green lettuce, diced tomatoes, cheddar cheese and red pepper flakes. Serve for summer barbecues, holidays, potlucks and as a side dish.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword BLT, Pasta Salad, Potluck
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 580kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Ditalini shaped pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 12 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 2.5 cups chopped green lettuce
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 - 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional to taste

Instructions

  • In a medium pot over medium-high heat, cook 16 ounces of pasta according to directions. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a skillet over stove top then chop once cooled. 
    Drain pasta and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil; set aside. 
    Chop lettuce and tomatoes. 
    In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, and pasta noodles then toss everything together until coated. 
    Stir in lettuce, chopped bacon, tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and cheddar cheese. 
    Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 580kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 408mg | Potassium: 290mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2.4% | Vitamin C: 5.1% | Calcium: 3.7% | Iron: 7.6%

 

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19 Comments

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    Erin @ Thanks for Cookin'!
    03/22/2016 at 3:07 pm


    I love that you added red pepper flakes! Pasta salads can be boring and bland sometimes. Not this one! 🙂

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    Megan @Meg is Well
    03/22/2016 at 4:46 pm

    Oh wow, I want to dig into some of that! I know pasta salads kind of have a bad reputation but they’re so perfect for picnics. Can’t wait to take this on one.

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    Isabella
    03/23/2016 at 12:51 pm


    This looks fantastic! Love bacon in salads, this would be fantastic at a summer BBQ!

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    Jolina - The Unlikely Baker
    03/23/2016 at 1:44 pm

    I love love love macaroni salad. Your photos are gorgeous. I wish I had your Louisiana spring though…I live in Toronto and while it’s technically spring, we are expecting snow tomorrow lol! This salad might just be what we need to brighten up our day.

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    Evi
    03/23/2016 at 2:34 pm

    BLT pasta salad?! How creative! It looks so yummy!

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    AiPing | Curious Nut
    03/23/2016 at 2:44 pm

    This is definitely perfect for spring and has spring written all over it. Fresh, vibrant and full of color. BLT pasta salad. Yum!

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    whitney
    03/23/2016 at 2:51 pm

    Holy hell, this looks amazing. Like, super amazing. Like, super duper amazing. I need this in my mouth right now!

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    Susan
    04/22/2016 at 7:26 am


    Looks really yummy, planning on making it. But question, what do you do with the second tablespoon of olive oil? Did I miss something? Thanks for the great recipe!

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      Jessica Knott
      04/22/2016 at 10:22 am

      I usually put about a tablespoon or less of olive oil in the pasta water while it cooks to prevent the noodles from sticking to each other and getting soggy.

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    Jillian
    05/07/2016 at 4:53 pm


    Yumm! This turned out tastier than I expected and went perfect as a side dish for a BBQ. I love the addition of red pepper flakes in this recipe, I even doubled the amount. Next time I’ll add some diced green onion. Thank you for this great, simple pasta salad.

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      Jessica Knott
      05/08/2016 at 12:51 am

      Yay, glad you liked it! It’s such a simple and classic recipe to make this time of year. Thanks, Jillian!

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    melissa
    06/15/2016 at 8:15 am

    I think I will make this tonight, sounds perfect paired with pork chops on the grill, some tangy bar-b-questions sauce and a cold beer. One question. Do you think that additional seasoning is necessary, or is the mayo and Greek yogurt enough?

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    Martha
    09/03/2016 at 12:08 pm

    Can I make this 24 hrs. in advance? Should I mix the bacon, tomatoes and lettuce in when I’m almost ready to server? It sounds great!! Its for my son’s inlaws bbq and I want it to be perfect! Thanks😊

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      Jessica Knott
      09/04/2016 at 10:42 am

      Hi Martha, go ahead and make the pasta ahead of time. Just be sure to toss it with a little olive oil before storing it in the fridge. Then just toss it all together when ready to serve.

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    Angie
    06/05/2017 at 3:40 pm

    I just made this over the weekend and really loved it but jut wanted to know about how long it lasts… I am still amazed the lettuce hasn’t wilted…..It was AWESOME and I will for sure be making it for Summer Parties & OR BBQ’s this Summer 🙂

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      Jessica Knott
      06/05/2017 at 11:46 pm

      Hi Angie, I’d probably save it for 4-5 days. Re-wet it with the dressing if needed!

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    Ruth
    06/06/2018 at 9:22 pm

    Rwhat is something easy that this can be paired with……. Do not have a grill yet… Thanks!

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